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Wellesley Theatre Project Presents Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Jr.

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Wellesley Theatre Project (WTP) will present the musical, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Jr. Wednesday May 17, Thursday, May 18, and Friday, May 19, at 5:30pm and 7:30pm and Saturday, May 20 at 2pm and 5pm. All performances will take place at the Wellesley Community Center, located at 219 Washington St, Wellesley MA. Tickets are priced $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, and may be purchased online in advance, or at the door for $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 12.51.00 PMSpecially adapted from Roald Dahl’s timeless 1964 novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and his 1971 screenplay, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Jr. includes all your favorite infectious, danceable songs like “The Candy Man”, “Pure Imagination”, and “Oompa Loompa.”

World famous candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, has decided to retire and is looking for an heir to take over his factory. Five lucky winners of Wonka’s contest will find golden tickets inside of Wonka chocolate bars, and receive a tour of Wonka’s factory, and a lifetime supply of chocolate. Follow Charlie, Augustus, Violet, Veruca, Mike Teavee, and their parents on a delicious adventure to Wonka’s factory. Will they be able to follow the rules at Wonka’s factory- or will they suffer the consequences?

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 12.53.07 PMScreen Shot 2017-05-02 at 12.52.42 PMDue to a high demand in participation there are two talented casts filled with 70 students between the ages of seven and thirteen that comprise and electric ensemble of Candy Kids, and of course, the infamous Oompa-Loompas! Cast members reside in Wellesley as well as neighboring communities including Weston, Waban, Dover, Auburndale, Needham, Natick, Chestnut Hill, and Concord.

Our production is produced through special arrangements with Musical Theatre International, and is part of MTI’s Broadway Junior collection.

Wellesley Theatre Project is an arts academy and a Wellesley nonprofit devoted to providing students (PreK – 12th Grade) with the opportunity to study and experience theatre and performing arts through year round classes, staged productions, workshops and summer camps.

Registration is open for WTP’s 2017 Summer Camps. Sessions include three production camps geared for students between 2nd and 12th grade, in addition to one week Theatre Arts camps for Pre K- 12th grade. The production camps are: The Lion King Jr. (Grades 2-8), Peter Pan (Grades 2-12), and Chicago (Grades 8-12).

For more information about Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Jr., Celebrating Five Years…A Teal Tie Affair!, or upcoming summer camps, visit our website or call 781-235-1550.

Wellesley Theatre Project Presents Miscast: A Musical Cabaret April 29th-30th at the WTP West Studio

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Wellesley Theatre Project (WTP) will
present MISCAST: A Musical Cabaret on Saturday April 29th at 5pm and Sunday April 30th at
2pm and 5pm, featuring students from the audition-only touring group, IMPACT! Admission is
$15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. The cabaret will take place at the WTP studio,
located at 98R Central St. in Wellesley. Tickets can be purchased online or at the studio.

IMPACT! is comprised of students ranging from 2nd grade through 10th grade who demonstrate advanced performance skills and leadership. The current students come from the Wellesley, Natick, Waban, and Concord communities. The group’s mission is for the students to engage in their local and global communities through outreach by addressing important social values through dramatic performance.

MISCAST: A Musical Cabaret will take traditional musical theatre selections and perform them untraditionally! Join us for solo and group performances with singing and dancing, appropriate for all ages, as well as original monologues written and performed by the students.

The group is led by Hannah Shihdanian, WTP’s Director of Community Outreach/Resident
Choreographer; and Eric Anderson Jr., Music Director. Hannah Shihdanian, director of the cabaret,says, “We chose the theme of Miscast because we think it’s important as actors, to imagine what itwould be like to walk in someone else’s shoes. These are also roles that some of these kids willnever get to play anywhere else!”

Wellesley Theatre Project is an arts academy and a Wellesley nonprofit devoted to providing
students (PreK – 12th Grade) with the opportunity to study and experience theatre and performing arts through year round classes, staged productions, workshops and summer camps.

Registration is open for WTP’s 2017 Summer Camps. Sessions include three production camps
geared for students between 2nd and 12th grade in addition to one week Theatre Arts camps for PreK- 12th grade. The production camps are: The Lion King Jr. (Grades 2-8), Peter Pan (Grades 2-12), and Chicago (Grades 8-12).

For more information about the organization and the class offerings, please visit the website,
www.wellesleytheatreproject.org or call 781-235-1550

Federal Realty Investment Trust Announces Wellesley Bank As Official 2017 Premier Sponsor of Linden Square Shopping Center

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Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT) is proud to announce that Wellesley Bank is the 2017 Premiere Sponsor for Linden Square Shopping center. This generous sponsorship allows for additional events and programming for the Linden Square customers this year.

The first event to kick off their sponsorship is the annual Easter HOPpenings featuring the breakfasts with the Easter bunny at The Cottage followed by centerwide activities to include a petting zoo, karaoke, face painting, Easter egg decorating and more! New programming for 2017 includes a Summer Concert Series, Summer Camp Expo, Pawctober Pet Festival and more.

“Wellesley Bank is overjoyed to have the opportunity to support our community businesses and clients through these events and programming at Linden Square. These events benefit not only our local non-profit organizations, but also our local commerce, both essential to the success of our community. We thoroughly enjoy both sponsoring and participating in the Linden Square events and are looking forward to all the wonderful events this year.” said Thomas J. Fontaine, President and CEO of Wellesley Bank.

Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 10.28.29 PMPartial proceeds of the Easter HOPpenings benefits the B fund, a local non-profit whose mission is to educate and empower participants to use their time, talents, and treasures to raise awareness and funds for families caring for critically ill children.

“The B Fund is thrilled to be a part of this year’s Easter HOPpenings. We are grateful for the opportunity to share our mission and engage attendees in one of our signature activities that reinforces to children that their caring acts can help others and make a difference in the lives of critically ill children.” said Kathleen VanDernoot, Founder of The B Fund.

“Federal Realty Investment Trust strives for its shopping centers to serve as a community hub for the surrounding customers with educational, fun, and inspirational programming. The sponsorship from Wellesley Bank is a tremendous collaboration that allows us to continue offering events like the annual Easter HOPpenings to our customers while supporting a worthy cause like the B Fund” said Holly Bitz, Marketing Manager with Federal Realty Investment Trust.